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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today applauded the Senate’s confirmation of Eugene Scalia to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. Scalia was confirmed by a vote of 53-44.

“As the former solicitor of the Department of Labor, a skilled attorney and dedicated public servant, Eugene Scalia brings the right experience as we continue to build on the economic success of the last several years and look out for the hardworking Americans who make up our workforce,” said Isakson, who is chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees the Department of Labor. “As the department moves forward with new employment rules and implementation of existing policies, I am confident that Scalia will work every day to help our 21st century workforce continue to thrive.”

Scalia was nominated by President Trump to be secretary of the Department of Labor on Aug. 27. Isakson met with Scalia on Sept. 11 and questioned Scalia at his nomination hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on August 19. Scalia’s nomination was advanced by the committee by a 12-11 vote on Sept. 24.

About Eugene Scalia
Scalia is a private attorney and partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he has spent the majority of his career handling a broad range of labor, employment, financial, appellate, and regulatory matters. Scalia has previously held several positions in the federal government, including in the Department of Labor as solicitor of labor where he oversaw a broad range of regulatory and enforcement matters under President George W. Bush. As special assistant to U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr from 1992 to 1993 at the Department of Justice, Scalia received the department’s Edmund J. Randolph Award, which is the highest award for outstanding contributions to the department’s mission. Scalia is also a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a federal agency that makes recommendations to Congress and the executive branch on ways to improve agency procedures. Scalia earned his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Virginia. He graduated cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School, where he also served as editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review. Scalia and his wife Trish have seven children, ages 5 to 24.

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